State Parks Youth Corps Builds Character and Helps Parks

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 09 2013 May 9, 2013 Thursday, May 09, 2013 5:47:00 PM CDT May 09, 2013 in News
By: Chris Lilly
loading

COLUMBIA - The State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) is still looking for employees to fill summer positions. The SPYC Program hires 17 to 23 year olds for part time summer positions.

Gov. Jay Nixon met with Missouri State Parks employees last week to get more youth involved with SPYC in Columbia.

Jim Gast is the Park Superintendent at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. He wants to use the SPYC employees for two different projects.

"We are looking for people to work on exotic species control, we have a lot of evasive plants that we don't want in the park. We are also looking for workers to do interpretive programs for the public," Gast said.

Finger Lakes State Park is another park that receives help from SPYC during the summer. Debbie Newby, the park superintendent said, "For big projects typically we have six people working on a trail for 300 hours, and then the next group comes in and finishes the job."

Wesley Nachbor worked for SPYC in 2010 at Finger Lakes State Park, and he now works for Missouri State Parks. He thinks that the program also greatly benefits the employees.

"It's good for people to get involved in the SPYC program to keep them from getting lazy or sit around all summer. You can still go outside to work, and still have fun doing it," Nachbor said.

The program started in 2010 and hired more than 1,000 people. Last year SPYC hired 440 employees.

The SPYC maintenance and help with state parks has also helped attendance to the state parks. According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, state parks attendance over the past four years has continuously grown. Before 2010 the state parks attendance was declining every year.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS — A judge is expected to consider a request to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors from one of the... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:35:00 AM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County deputies arrested a man on Monday after he allegedly tried to meet up with who he... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:01:30 AM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Humane Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary, but its leadership isn't content with where the... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:44:00 AM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Monday, more than 100 volunteers began the week-long effort to deliver more than 5,700 meals to raise... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, April 24 2018 Apr 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:04:00 AM CDT April 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council met Monday night in a work session to discuss ways to improve Columbia's water... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 8:00:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Hundreds gathered at the first ever Japanese Spring Festival on MU’s campus Monday afternoon. Student Momoko Tamamura came... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 7:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY – One local woman is reflecting on her decision to vote for President Donald Trump after some have... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 7:00:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The law firm representing the ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with Missouri... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic Missouri state lawmaker says he won't step down despite facing backlash for repeatedly calling... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 5:21:20 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - MU staff members spent Monday afternoon discussing how the university could become Columbia's "employer of choice" again with... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 5:05:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Residents moving into the Lynn Street Cottages in Columbia not only obtain four new walls, they also receive... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 4:14:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Students at Rock Bridge High School will be attending prom this weekend, and for the first time ever,... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 4:13:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
JOPLIN - An EF-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin on May 22, 2011. The next day Jeff Neal, a... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Tax reform in Missouri is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Missouri House Ways... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 2:56:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JOPLIN - More businesses, new schools and new homes- one drive through Joplin reveals a clear transformation from devastation to... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Lawmakers in Missouri added a $3 million dollar line to the Attorney General’s budget for sexual assault... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 1:22:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - When it comes to losing weight, many of us start with looking at our diet. Are we eating... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 12:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Weekly Wellness
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
12pm 68°
1pm 70°
2pm 73°
3pm 75°